K-On! Episode 6
Ah, the girls’ first concert. It kinda made me remember my first concert actually. Or not, I don’t actually remember it that well. I’ve always liked going up on stage and singing so I guess I can’t relate to Mio’s shyness. This one…I don’t know. I love Mio as much as anyone else on the internet but it seems like she’s supplanting Yui as the character on whom all the attention is focused. Plus the Mio/Ritsu dynamic seems to be pushing all of the other character interplay to the sides as KyoAni milks this one for all it’s worth. I haven’t read the original manga and I don’t know if this is a faithful adaptation or not but maybe it’s time I started so that I could see whether this was really a reaction to fan popularity or just the way things are supposed to be done.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Mio but really guys, there are other characters on this show and I think they’ve got the potential to be equally humourous. That said, I think this episode was quite important for Mio as well in the sense that she’s got a lot of doubts and insecurities to overcome despite (or rather because of) the fact that she is the most outwardly stable character. So in a sense, this isn’t a pure Mioservice episode like 4 and it had some solid characterisation. I’d be surprised if I wasn’t the only one who thought Yui sounds more moe with a scratchy voice and her sumo impression had me in stitches. Mugi had her moment too, in the haunted house.
I also quite liked the way the art shifted during the live scene; I couldn’t describe it in technical terms or say what exactly I appreciated about it but I thought it worked really well with the song. As for the song itself, I could take it or leave it. I’ll wait for the single/OST to be released and listen to it then.
EDIT: I forgot to mention this in my haste to type up the entry but I was rather tickled by the inclusion of a Karakasa. Given my obsession with Touhou and my love of Kogasa, it has a special significance for me. I haven’t checked the anime thread on Shrinemaiden and I’m sure someone has posted this already, but in before someone says I saw this on Shrinemaiden.